Musicgurus.com

Over the last few years I’ve worked with musicgurus.com on a few different courses, the latest of which has just been released – a collaboration with RSL Awards (Rockschool), one of the largest developers of graded exam syllabi for popular music.

I was asked to provide 20 performances and breakdowns of techniques etc, alongside demonstrations and explanations of technical exercises. These courses are great if you’re considering taking a rockschool exam, but there’s a lot to learn even if you’re not planning on sitting one. Here’s the course link for grade 8 electric guitar, though of course grades debut through to 8 are extensively covered as well:

Acoustic Guitar:
Rockschool Grades 1-5 have also been covered for the Acoustic syllabus. For this course the tutors who composed the arrangements are demonstrating the performance pieces, and I extensively walk you through the technical exercises and other areas to help prepare you for your exam.

And finally, the first course I recorded with musicgurus. This is aimed at beginner guitarists who just starting out, or are self taught and want to avoid some of the bad habits than can easily be developed if you’re not careful!

B*witched

Had a great gig with B*witched at Kubix earlier this month. Packed crowd and amazing band!

Click here to see a video on Twitter

Athens with Raw Silk

Last month saw me over in Athens for a gig with Raw Silk. They hadn’t performed over there in many years, and a lot of people showed up to hear both albums in full.

It was packed, sweaty and LOUD. 2 x 100W Marshalls will do that!

Loved it. Not the show to realise I’d left my earplugs behind though.

Here’s their 90s hit ‘Street Girl’ shot from the balcony.

BIMM

Really excited to be working at BIMM’s new Birmingham campus teaching guitarists on the Professional Musicianship degree alongside lots of other fantastic tutors. It’s great to be working with so many dedicated and hardworking students.

Check out more info here http://www.bimm.co.uk/birmingham/

Q The Music

Here’s some great footage from an amazing gig a few weeks back with Q The Music at the Harlington Theatre.

RSC – Antony and Cleopatra

Depping on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent production of Antony and Cleopatra was a fantastic experience. Had great fun getting used to different instruments (such as the saz and the laud) with some really interesting textural electric guitar parts. A really interesting score written by Laura Mvula – well worth a look. Excited to do more work with the RSC in the future.

Rhythms Del Mundo – When Doves Cry

I had great fun recording some subtle guitar layers for this different take on the Prince classic.

Raw Silk – The Borders of Light

Last year I worked with Kostas Kyriakidis to record acoustic guitar for the new Raw Silk album, Borders of Light. The finished product sounds great as well as some very cool artwork. Give my favourite track a listen in Spotify using the player below.

Songbird – Vale Studios – Emily Browne

Another Vale studios session that I’ve just seen has been released – a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’. It was had great fun laying down all the atmospheric electric overdubs – really pleased with the minimal solo section, and the arrangement of some of the piano parts for acoustic acoustic guitar.

Mr Blue Sky (Charity Single)

Earlier this year I got asked to play the guitar parts for a re-recording of ELO’s monster hit ‘Mr Blue Sky’.

The proceeds of the recording were to go to a Cancer Research charity, after the sudden death of a local father. His two sons thought it’d be a great idea to record his favourite song, ‘Mr Blue Sky’.

The lovely guys at Vale studios got involved and put a group of musicians together to perform the backing as close to the original as possible, with the vocals being provided by the son’s entire school year. The final result sounds awesome, and is raising some much needed money for a really great cause. It even got Jeff Lynne’s approval!

Have a look at the video here,

and if you’d like to buy a copy to help raise as much as possible, then copy and paste the links below:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mr.-blue-sky-single/id1005610274?ls=1

https://www.facebook.com/MrBlueSkyAppeal